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News: Charters Out Of Control (& More)

State charter schools program is 'out of control' Minneapolis Star Tribune
In the past decade, 18 charter schools have been built with $178 million in junk bonds, with financing costs on some projects chewing up nearly a quarter of the funds raised.

Green Dot charter schools founder repays group $50,866 LA Times1111111111111111111
Local charter school founder Steve Barr, a national figure in school reform, has repaid his organization more than $50,000 after an internal review determined that expenses he had charged were undocumented or unjustified.

Louisiana Audit Faults Vallas for Use of State-Owned Car EdWeek
The superintendent of the Recovery School District misused his state-owned vehicle according to an audit released last week.

Mission: Educational engagement Journal Sentinel Online
Milwaukee Public Schools will spend some $4 million in federal stimulus money over two years to support a major parental involvement program in 35 schools

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A Conversation with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education Moderator: Gwen Ifill, Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week

Healthy, organic and cheap school lunches? Order up USA Today
Starting with just one school in spring 2006, Revolution Foods has quietly grown year by year and now delivers about 45,000 breakfasts, lunches and snacks daily to 235 public and private schools in California, Colorado and the District of Columbia .

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note that the LA times story credits me but they -- and i -- should have credited kenneth libby at schools matter for digging this up initially. you can see his october 30 post here:

http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2009/10/howd-steve-barr-spend-50866.html

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